Today in 1777: Thirteen stripes and thirteen stars

14 Jun

Happy Flag Day! On this day in 1777, the Continental Congress passes a resolution:

“Resolved that the flag of the thirteen united states be 13 stripes alternate red and white, that the union be 13 stars white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”

Flag Day was officially recognized by Congress in 1949 when it passed a law:

“(a) Designation.— June 14 is Flag Day.
(b) Proclamation.— The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation—

  1. calling on United States Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on Flag Day; and
  2. urging the people of the United States to observe Flag Day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.”
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